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  • 1. How  did  you  use  media   technologies  in  the  construction,  research,  planning  and  evaluation   stages?  
  • 2. Blogger   I  created  a  blog  to  present   the  ongoing  work  from   research  through  to  the   =inal  piece.   By  using  this  method  all  of   my  work  was  in  the  same   place  which  made  it  easier  to  see  the  progression  from   start  to  =inish.   This  also  allowed  me  to   insert  multimedia  work   which  I  found  to  be  a  more   interesting  way  of  displaying  work.  In  addition   broadening  my  computer   skills.   [www.blogger.com]  
  • 3. Xtranormal   Because  I  had  created  an   online  blog  I  was  able  to   present  audience  feedback   in  the  novel  form  that   Xtranormal  provides.     I  chose  to  make  an   ‘interview’  scenario   between  two  characters,  I   felt  this  technique  would  grab  the  attention  of  anyone   looking  at  my  blog.  It  also   allowed  for  an  element  of   con=identiality  to  the   person  answering  the   questionnaire  in  comparison  to  being  =ilmed.     [www.xtranormal.com]  
  • 4. Prezi  Instead  of  writing  extensive   amounts  of  text  on  my  blog  I  presented  parts  in  ‘Prezi’s’.   The  tool  was  very  useful,  I   think  it  creates  a  great   aesthetic  and  by  breaking   the  text  up  into  bite  size   portions  I  felt  it  is  more   successful  in  maintaining   the  audiences  attention.    However,  it  can  be  very  time   consuming  as  I  am  quite  a   perfectionist  and  like  to   experiment  until  the  piece   looks  as  good  as  it  can.   [www.prezi.com]  
  • 5. Slideshare   I  used  Slideshare  more   towards  the  end  of  the  project,  to  present  the  =inal   pieces  and  illustrate  the   process  of  production.   The  website  allows  you  to   upload  powerpoint   presentations,  in  my   opinion  they  are  an   excellent  way  to  present   information  simply  and   effectively.     Since  discovering  the   website  I  have  become   hooked,  using  it  for  other   subjects  as  a  revision   resource.   [www.slideshare.com]  
  • 6. Youtube   Youtube  was  a  great   resource  throughout  the   project.  I  used  it  a  lot  in  the   research  stages,  the  vast  amounts  of  =ilm  that  exist  in   the  online  video  library  is   inexhaustible.  I  was  able  to   learn  about  forms  and  conventions  of  short  =ilm  by   watching  them  online.  The   site  was  also  very  useful   because  of  the  forum  of   comments.  I  was  able  to   read  opinions  of  the   thousands  of  viewers,   taking  into  account  the   thoughts  they  expressed   when  making  my  own  =ilm.     [www.youtube.com]  
  • 7. Dafont   Another  wonder  of  the   Wikinomic  age  is   dafont.com.  The  site  was  invaluable  in  the  production   and  research  stages  of  my   ancillary  tasks.  I  used  the   site  to  decide  what  styles  of   typography  I  wanted  to  use  and  then  was  able  to  use  the   fonts  for  free.   [www.dafont.com]  
  • 8. GarageBand  Using  GarageBand    I  created   the  soundtrack  for  the  =ilm.   I  used  samples  that  were   preloaded  onto  the   software.  I  chose  to  use  different  variations  of  piano   tunes,  mainly  ‘Delicate’  as  I  felt  it  suited  the  genre  of  the   =ilm.  Furthermore  I   repeated  the  same  tune   each  time  Lily  came  into   shot,  the  faster  beats  of  the   music  were  re=lective  of  the   emotions  that  the  narrator   felt,  this  was  an  attempt  at   helping  the  audience   connect  to  the  protagonist.  
  • 9. GarageBand  We  also  used  GarageBand  to  record  the  voice  over  for  the   =ilm.  Using  the  built  in   microphone  we  were  able   to  create  a  narration  which   told  the  story,  by  doing  this   we  gave  the  audience   subjective  character  identi=ication  with  the  main   protagonist.  
  • 10. Final  Cut  Pro   We  used  the  software  Final   Cut  Pro  for  the  editing  of     the  =ilm,  it  was  essential  in   the  production  process.     The  software  has  great   editing  tools  and  is  easy  to   use  for  a  =irst  time  user.   Adding  the  soundtrack  to   the  =ilm  was  simple  and  I  was  able  to  mute  sections  of   the  =ilm  that  had  audio   disruptions.  
  • 11. Adobe  Photoshop  CS4   Photoshop  was  essential  in  the  production  of  my  poster.   It  was  also  used  for  the  =ilm   where  we  took  around  600   stills  from  what  we  had   =ilmed  and  I  then  made   them  look  like  illustrations   using  =ilters.  The  task  was   laborious  due  to  the  shear   number  of  =iles  but  as  a   =inal  product  I  think  the   black  and  white  section  of   animation    is  good.  I  regret   not  doing  all  of  the  stills  in   the  same  way,  but  it  adds   contrast  and  variation  to   the  =ilm.    
  • 12. Adobe  InDesign  CS4   I  used  InDesign  as  it  is   much  easier  to  manipulate   text  in  than  Photoshop.  I   created  a  simple  layout  and  inserted  the  text  and  photos   I  had  selected.    The   software    enabled  me  to   create  the  clean  cut   aesthetic  that  I  had  aimed   for.  Comparing  my   coursework  from  AS  clearly  shows  how  much  difference   the  software  you  choose  to   use  makes.  
  • 13. Web  2.0   The  internet  was  vital  in   research  stages.  The   conglomeration  of   information  allows  fast,  easy   access  to  =ilms,  posters,   articles  which  I  used  as  a   model  for  the  work  which  I   created.  Furthermore,  the   changes  in  contribution  that   have  been  spawned  prosumers  meant  that  I  could   read  opinions  on  =ilms  via   sites  like  rottentomatoes.   Also,  I  was  able  to  query  any  problems  I  encountered  with   software  on  forums,  this   meant  that  I  could  deal  with   issues  quickly  and  effectively   thanks  to  Web  2.0          
  • 14. Digital  Technology  was  essential  in  all  stages  of    production.  I  feel  that  I  took  advantage   of  the  resources  that  I  had  access  to,  and  by  doing  so  I  have  learnt  a  lot  about   technology,  improving  my  computer  skills.    I  have  experimented  with  different  software  to  =ind  out  which  programs  are  best  suited   to  the  set  purpose,  knowing  now  that  InDesign  is  far  better  suited  to  manipulating  text   documents  than  Photoshop.   The  =ilm  is  set  to  be  uploaded  on  to  youtube.com  which  is  arguably  the  best  use  of   digital  technology  as  the  =ilm  will  be  accessible  to  over  48  million  users  worldwide.  We   will  be  able  to  get  feedback  from  ratings  which  will  be  informative  and  very  useful  for   assessing  the  success  of  our  =ilm.